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Source: SANAAPhotographers: Francesco Galli, Andrea Avezzù, Maria AzkarateEvent: XVI Biennale di VeneziaTheme: FreespaceLocation: VeniceYear: 2018
Date: June 1, 2018 Category: Biennale di Venezia

We chose to use acrylic to create transparent circular space.

We imagined an installation which lets the visitor perceive the space in different ways.

By having several layers of acrylic panels positioned close to each other, the view of the surroundings will be subtly distorted while walking around it, depending on time, light, and people’s presence.

The clear partitions will keep the space free from modifications, while creating a soft filter from the inside to the outside of environment.

This poetic, precise response to the theme of FREESPACE touches another note, expresses another sensibility, wich differs from our own perception of space. We very much welcome this ingredient in the Venice Biennale. The idea of FREESPACE being a spiral, with no beginning and no end; the idea that it’s an almost invisible coil, barely forming an enclosure, a thin film of material suggesting a separation between inside and outside. This somehow describes an alternative view of the world. An alternative to mass and weight. An invisible structure, the form itself being the structure.

The work of SANAA always evokes for us, this feeling of spaces and buildings sitting lightly on the earth. The Rolex Learning Center in Lausanne with is big undulating concrete underbelly, feels like a cloud or a wave washing over the site on its way to somewhere else. The ambition expressed by SANAA for many of their projects, is that the building should not draw attention to itself. Buildings such as the Louvre Lens Museum in northern France of the Grace Farm Building in the United States, are so finely tuned that the thinness of the elements of roof and colums endows the buildings with a wonderful, luminous ethereal quality, as has their installation here.

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